Liam Garland won all 5 races at Cusses Gorse this weekend in the open group in the MX British Youth Nationals. There have been 6 events over the year and climaxed at Cusses Gorse, Amesbury last weekend 29/30 September.
This is the first year this championship has taken place and the events organised by RHL activities are aimed at helping young riders get from the British Youth Nationals to the Maxxis British Championships and the European ACU. The RHL is completely free for young riders giving them advice and experience in riding and also on health and fitness to help riders get to their peak of fitness. The dedication and commitment of Gareth Hockey Race Director and his team who are all volunteers is very reassuring in their efforts to get young British riders into GPs. Hockey said ‘We have youngsters in the UK who are talented and for whom the British Youth Nationals should be but a stepping-stone to greater things.’
‘I truly believe that motocross should be inclusive and not exclusive, which is why we’ve opened the RHL Academy up to all competitors. Whether you’re looking to improve your skills ready for a professional career, or simply to improve your racing, the RHL Academy is there for you.’
‘everyone who signs up for the championship will be automatically enrolled in the RHL Academy, with access to a whole host of professional training and advice.’ For further information see their website www.rhlactivities.com or contact Penny Bunce Race Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Honda racing were also at the event supporting their Xtreme academy and their young riders. Neil Tuxworth manager of Honda Racing said ‘we are here, obviously, to sell bikes, but we are also putting money and support back into racing. The Xtreme championship winner gets £1,000 worth of equipment, 2nd £500 and 3rd £250 and with helmets and boots thrown in, so it makes it well worth aiming for.’ The Xtreme academy is open to all riders of all ages from the youngest on the Auto bikes to the teens on 150cc. For more information contact email@example.com or see their website www.hondaproracing.com/xtreme-academy .
Liam Garland aged 16 from Portsmouth, number 24 and sponsored by Pope Racing KTM, scored the maximum of 225 points over the 5 races at the weekend at Cusses Gorse putting him in first place of the BYN Open youth championship scoring 1076 points overall in front of the second place competitor Jack Kelly scoring 918, with Adam Derbyshire, Aaron Pipon and Alex Meadows hot on his heels. Ryan Monckton only entered the Cusses Gorse event but came 3rd overall on the day with some great riding; hopefully we will see more from him next year.
Garland said ‘I came to this championship wanting to win it and I have, I am delighted. I won the championship yesterday after the 3rd race, so today I was just riding for my enjoyment, which was great. I had the number 1 on the front of my bike for the last race today to show I had won. I won 4 out of the 5 rounds over the year, it’s great coverage for the teams and RHL, I am off to train now over the winter for next year.’ Garland has been racing since he was 6 years old and rides a KTM 250 he is moving up to the Pro Championship next year and is aiming to ride in the GPs, he is certainly a rider to watch out for. A gentleman in the crowd said ‘watching Garland is amazing he makes it look so easy. He goes higher on the jumps than most of the other riders’. Garland said ‘you can sometimes lose time when you go so high on the jumps, but it doesn’t really matter when you have a good lead.’ Liam Garland is pictured going ‘high’ on a jump.
Winners for the weekend classes are below.
In the Auto 50 cc group for the weekend was Charlie Heyman also on a KTM, with Louie Kessell 2nd and Bobby Bruce 3rd.
In the Junior’s section on 65cc bikes was Matheo Miot from France, 2nd Rossi Beard and 3rd Gary Ashley.
In the 85cc small wheel section winner was Taylor Hamal, with Albie Wilkie 2nd and Jed Etchells 3rd and with a special mention for (boy need to get name) from South Africa who came for his first race as a taster.
In the 85cc Big wheel section winner was Robert Yates, 2nd Josh Coleman and 3rd Jay Hague. Racing in this section was very tight with the top 3 and also 4th place winner Joe Jefferies.
The racing this weekend was fantastic with all ages getting amazing heights and speeds from the youngest on the Auto bikes, the juniors and of course the open class. The RHL’s next race is the Weston Beach Race on 12-14 October 2012 at Weston-super-Mare.